Best Music Movies of 1988



7.1/10 IMDB

Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.

Starring: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Keith David, Damon Whitaker, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright, Michael McGuire, James Handy, Morgan Nagler, Arlen Dean Snyder ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1988-07-01


7.0/10 IMDB

'Pleasantly plump' teenager Tracy Turnblad achieves her dream of becoming a regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show. Now a teen hero, she starts using her fame to speak out for the causes she believes in, most of all integration. In doing so, she earns the wrath of the show's former star, Amber Von Tussle, as well as Amber's manipulative, pro-segregation parents. The rivalry comes to a head as Amber and Tracy vie for the title of Miss Auto Show 1963.

Starring: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry, Ricki Lake, Jerry Stiller, Vitamin C, Michael St. Gerard, Clayton Prince, Mink Stole ..
Directed by: John Waters
Release date: 1988-02-26


7.2/10 IMDB

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Directed by: Godfrey Reggio
Release date: 1988-04-29


6.0/10 IMDB

A movie that starts out with the "Man in the Mirror" music video, it then changes to a montage of video clips of Michael's career. Next comes a parody of his Bad video by children, and then Michael is chased by fans in a fantasy sequence. 2 more videos are shown, and then a movie in which Michael plays a hero with magical powers. In it he is chased by drug dealer Mr. Big and saves three children. Videos included in the movie are "Smooth Criminal" and "Come Together".

Starring: Michael Jackson, Joe Pesci, Mick Jagger, Sean Lennon, Kellie Parker, Brandon Quintin Adams, Maurissa Tancharoen, Ben Aaron, Bilal, Brent Kelly ..
Directed by: Colin Chilvers, Jim Blashfield, Jerry Kramer, Will Vinton
Release date: 1988-10-29
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night

Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night

8.9/10 IMDB

Recorded live at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, Roy is joined by an eclectic ensemble of rock and roll superstars including Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett, J.D. Souther, Jennifer Warnes, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits.

Starring: Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, J. Steven Soles, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, JD Souther, Jennifer Warnes ..
Directed by: Tony Mitchell
Release date: 1988-01-03

Earth Girls Are Easy

5.4/10 IMDB

In this musical comedy, Valerie is dealing with her philandering fiancé, Ted, when she finds that a trio of aliens have crashed their spaceship into her swimming pool. Once the furry beings are shaved at her girlfriend's salon, the women discover three handsome men underneath. After absorbing the native culture via television, the spacemen are ready to hit the dating scene in 1980s Los Angeles.

Starring: Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, Jim Carrey, Julie Brown, Charles Rocket, Michael McKean, Larry Linville, Rick Overton, Diane Stilwell ..
Directed by: Julien Temple
Release date: 1988-09-08

Let's Get Lost

7.8/10 IMDB

Documentary about jazz great Chet Baker that intercuts footage from the 1950s, when he was part of West Coast Cool, and from his last years. We see the young Baker, he of the beautiful face, in California and in Italy, where he appeared in at least one movie and at least one jail cell (for drug possession). And, we see the aged Baker, detached, indifferent, his face a ruin. Includes interviews with his children and ex-wife, women companions, and musicians.

Starring: Chet Baker, William Claxton, Flea, Chris Isaak, Lisa Marie, Andy Minsker, Rodney Harvey, William Claxton, Flea, Hersh Hamel ..
Directed by: Bruce Weber
Release date: 1988-09-15

Imagine: John Lennon

7.8/10 IMDB

The biography of former Beatle, John Lennon—narrated by Lennon himself—with extensive material from Yoko Ono's personal collection, previously unseen footage from Lennon's private archives, and interviews with David Bowie, his first wife Cynthia, second wife Yoko Ono and sons Julian and Sean.

Starring: John Lennon, Y?ko Ono, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Phil Spector, Cynthia Lennon, Julian Lennon, Sean Lennon ..
Directed by: Andrew Solt, John Lennon
Release date: 1988-10-07

U2: Rattle and Hum

7.6/10 IMDB

A concert movie on an unprecedented scale, Rattle And Hum captures U2 - on and off the stage - during their triumphant Joshua Tree tour. From the giant technicolour stadium celebrations to the black-and-white intensity of the indoor shows, this is U2 at their best. Follow the group across America, exploring new influences, playing with the legendary B.B. King from Dublin to Graceland.

Starring: Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, U2, B.B. King, Phil Joanou, Dennis Bell, Adam Gussow, Jack Hale ..
Directed by: Phil Joanou
Release date: 1988-11-04
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

7.7/10 IMDB

The final 17 years of American singer and musician Karen Carpenter, performed almost entirely by modified Barbie dolls.

Starring: Merrill Gruver, Michael Edwards, Melissa Brown, Rob LaBelle, Cynthia Schneider, Todd Haynes, Bruce Tuthill, Gwen Kraus, Nannie Doyle, Larry Kole ..
Directed by: Todd Haynes
Release date: 1988-04-30
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Tina Turner: Rio '88 - Live In Concert

Tina Turner: Rio '88 - Live In Concert

8.2/10 IMDB

On January 16, 1998, Tina Turner performed in front of a record-breaking crowd of 180,000 fans at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, setting a Guinness World Record at the time for the "largest paying rock concert attendance for a solo artist". Accompanied by dancers, glitter and fireworks, Tina delivered 13 tracks in her own inimitable and explosive style.

Starring: Tina Turner, Jack Bruno, Derek Dyer, Bob Feit, John Miles, James Ralston, Steven Scales, Dan Snow, Laurie Wisefield, Ollie Marland ..
Directed by: Roberto Talma
Release date: 1988-01-16

Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

7.6/10 IMDB

A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Monk. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius.

Starring: Jimmy Cleveland, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Nellie Monk, Samuel E. Wright, Harry Colomby, Nica De Koenigswarter ..
Directed by: Charlotte Zwerin
Release date: 1988-10-25
Best Music Movies of 1988 : The Cat Came Back

The Cat Came Back

7.4/10 IMDB

A pesky yellow cat becomes the bane of Mr. Johnson's life as it constantly outsmarts his increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it.

Starring: Richard Condie ..
Directed by: Cordell Barker
Release date: 1988-06-22

Guns N' Roses: Live at the Ritz

9.0/10 IMDB

MTV was there, and this was huge, but eventually the MTV guys were like, “We gotta go, we gotta get this going, guys.”Axl’s like, “Fuck it. I’m not going on unless I have my bandanna!” Apparently, he couldn’t find it after tearing apart the little hovel they gave us backstage. Of course the rest of the band was avoiding any eye contact with Axl, preferring to wander off, out of earshot, to do their grumbling.Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. “What’s wrong with you, Axl?” He shrugged me off and continued with his insane tirade. He had all of our roadies looking around for people who had scarves or bandannas. I said, “C’mon, Axl, let’s just go on.”He blurted out, “Fuck that. Fuck you. I need a bandanna or a scarf or I’m not doing this.” Axl finally found a fucking scarf, some powder-blue, girly-looking thing, and the show began.-Steven Adler in his autobiography, "My Appetite for Destruction"

Starring: Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler ..
Directed by: Scott Kalvert
Release date: 1988-02-02

Distant Voices, Still Lives

7.4/10 IMDB

The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series (along with "Trilogy" and "The Long Day Closes") is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on Davies's own family. Through a series of exquisite tableaux Davies creates a deeply affecting photo album of a troubled family wrestling with the complexity of love.

Starring: Freda Dowie, Pete Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh, Lorraine Ashbourne, Dean Williams, Sally Davies, Susan Flanagan, Nathan Walsh, Michael Starke, Debi Jones ..
Directed by: Terence Davies
Release date: 1988-09-29
Best Music Movies of 1988 : John Denver's Christmas in Aspen

John Denver's Christmas in Aspen

7.4/10 IMDB

John Denver's Christmas in Aspen starring among others The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Starring: John Denver, Anne Murray, Alexander Gradsky ..
Directed by: James Yukich
Release date: 1988-12-19

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

7.2/10 IMDB

An exploration of the heavy metal scene in Los Angeles, with particular emphasis on glam metal. It features concert footage and interviews of legendary heavy metal and hard rock bands and artists such as Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Megadeth, Motörhead, Ozzy Osbourne and W.A.S.P..

Starring: Dave Mustaine, Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Holmes, Lemmy, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, C.C. DeVille ..
Directed by: Penelope Spheeris
Release date: 1988-06-17
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Carly Simon Live From Martha's Vineyard

Carly Simon Live From Martha's Vineyard

9.0/10 IMDB

A rare intimate performance by Carly Simon Carly Simon's Live From Martha's Vineyard: The Classic Concert captures the artistic genius of a true musical icon performing her classic hits. Filmed on the waterfront at Martha's Vineyard, MA, Carly Simon captivates the screen in one of her few live performances captured on film. It's the very best of Carly Simon, giving special meaning to every song she performs - pure, simple and beautiful as ever. Carly's magical performance combined with the enchanting backdrop of Martha's Vineyard is a one of a kind event. Originally aired as an HBO concert special in 1987 to promote her new album Coming Around Again, Carly fans worldwide now treasure this rare concert experience as a Region All DVD.

Starring: Carly Simon, T-Bone Wolk, Rick Marotta, Jimmy Ryan, Hugh McCracken, Robbie Kilgore, Robbie Kondor ..
Directed by: Tony Mitchell, Jeb Brian
Release date: 1988-09-07
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Prince: Lovesexy Live

Prince: Lovesexy Live

9.1/10 IMDB

Lovesexy Live was the fifth Prince home video to be released and second live concert released on Home Video format. It was first released on 2 cassettes under the name of "Lovesexy Live 1" and "Lovesexy Live 2" in Europe. Confusingly Vol.1 contained the latter part of the concert, while Vol.2 contained the first part. The concert was later re-released as Lovesexy Live on one cassette (of 127 minutes) and on laserdisc.

Starring: Prince, Sheila E., Levi Seacer Jr., Miko Weaver, Dr. Fink, Boni Boyer, Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, Cat Glover ..
Directed by: Egbert van Hees
Release date: 1988-09-09
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Jean-Michel Jarre - Destination Docklands - The London Concert

Jean-Michel Jarre - Destination Docklands - The London Concert

8.3/10 IMDB

Destination Docklands was an event consisting of two concerts by musician Jean Michel Jarre on the Royal Victoria Docks, Docklands, London on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 1988, to coincide with the release of Jarre's new album Revolutions. The concerts were attended by 100,000 people on each night.

Starring: Jean-Michel Jarre, Michel Geiss, Dominique Perrier, Francis Rimbert, Guy Delacroix, Jo Hammer, Dino Lumbroso, Sylvain Durand, Christine Durand, Mireille Pombo ..
Directed by: Mike Mansfield
Release date: 1988-10-09

The Steamie

8.5/10 IMDB

Tony Roper wrote 'The Steamie' for Glasgow's Mayfest in 1987. Return to Hogmany 1957 when a fiesty group of Glasgow women; Mrs Culfeathers, Dolly, Doreen and the irrepressible Magrit, all meet at The Steamie to do the traditional family wash before the New Year. The Steamie is a hilarious cameo of Glasgow's social history where the washing was always easier to do when the Women shared their laugher and sorrow and a scandalous supply of gossip. This is the definitive version of the most popular play of the last 20 years with the all star cast of Dorothy Paul as Magrit, Eileen McCallum as Dolly, Kate Murphy as Doreen, Sheila McDonald as Mrs Culfeathers and a very young Peter Mullan as Andy, the whisky loving handy man.

Starring: Eileen McCallum, Dorothy Paul, Katy Murphy, Sheila Donald, Peter Mullan, Irene Sunters, Caroline Paterson, Myra McFadyen, Lillian Welsh, Faye Milligan ..
Directed by: Haldane Duncan
Release date: 1988-12-31

Madame Sousatzka

6.6/10 IMDB

In London, eccentric piano instructor Madame Sousatzka takes on a new prize protégé, Manek, a teenage Bengali immigrant who displays incredible talent. Manek forms a close bond with his teacher, but soon discovers that she expects her pupils to become disciplined in all areas of life, and not just behind the piano

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Peggy Ashcroft, Twiggy, Shabana Azmi, Leigh Lawson, Geoffrey Bayldon, Lee Montague, Navin Chowdhry, Greg Ellis, Robert Rietti ..
Directed by: John Schlesinger
Release date: 1988-10-14

Talking Heads: Storytelling Giant

7.9/10 IMDB

A compilation of ten music videos produced by Talking Heads during the 1980s. The videos are linked by apparently real people (not actors) telling stories from their lives.

Starring: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth ..
Directed by: David Byrne, Jim Jarmusch, Toni Basil, Ted Bafaloukos, Jim Blashfield
Release date: 1988-04-25

Big Time

8.0/10 IMDB

Bringing his unique sense of humor to this bizarre and original piece of moviemaking, Tom Waits takes the audience through a musical journey with his jazzy, quirky, bluesy tunes presented as you would never, ever, ever expect.

Starring: Tom Waits, Michael L. Blair, Ralph Carney, Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot, Willie Schwarz ..
Directed by: Chris Blum
Release date: 1988-12-30
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Very Merry Christmas Songs

Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Very Merry Christmas Songs

7.6/10 IMDB

It's the happiest time of the year! And the season of Santa, reindeer and gift-wrapped surprises will be even jollier with this joyful volume of DISNEY'S SING-ALONG SONGS: VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS SONGS. Gather up the family and enjoy a fun-filled collection of the most beloved Christmas songs and carols, accompanied by a wonderland of wintry holiday scenes! It's a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds that is sure to make everyone's holiday very, very merry! Voices ready? Let's all sing!

Starring: Roscoe Lee Browne ..
Release date: 1988-10-04

Put More Blood Into the Music

8.2/10 IMDB

PBS produced documentary in two parts: the first is dedicated to saxophonist and composer John Zorn; the second is about Sonic Youth at the height of their powers in 1988.

Starring: Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Glenn Branca, John Cale, Lydia Lunch, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, Wharton Tiers ..
Directed by: Charles Atlas
Release date: 1988-08-06

School Daze

6.1/10 IMDB

Fraternity and sorority members clash with other students at a historically black college during homecoming weekend.

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Ossie Davis, Joe Seneca, Art Evans, Ellen Holly, Bill Nunn, Spike Lee ..
Directed by: Spike Lee
Release date: 1988-02-12
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Meet the Raisins!

Meet the Raisins!

8.4/10 IMDB

Meet the Raisins! spoofs musical documentaries with its use of anthropomorphic food characters. Through its historical perspective, the special also provided an opportunity to elaborate on the personalities and introduce names of the simple yet popular characters. It follows the California Raisins' humble beginnings, rise to musical success, fall from stardom, and eventual comeback. This includes "home movie" clips, scenes of the group's early days as the Vine-Yls, concert footage, and interviews with the people behind the success of the California Raisins including manager Rudy Begaman. The group is also shown performing various hit songs

Starring: Tim Conner, David Downing, Kareem, David Scully, Ted Roisum, Todd Tolces, PQ Baer, Randy Patterson, Marly Stone ..
Directed by: Will Vinton, Barry Bruce
Release date: 1988-11-04


4.8/10 IMDB

Fatherless barrio Puerto Rican Rico is a menial car mechanic by day, but lives for the nights, when he dances and dates hot dancing girls, cockily convinced the title of Salsa king in fancy nightclub La Luna's upcoming contest is to be his. He encourages his best friend, courteous gentleman Ken, to date his sister Margarita so he gets a free hand with her flirtatious classmate Lola. The reigning salsa queen Luna's interest in Rico as dance-partner threatens his on-off relationship with Vicki. More jealous trouble follows when Ken and Margarita fall in true love.

Starring: Robi Draco Rosa, Rodney Harvey, Magali Alvarado, Miranda Garrison, Moon Orona, Angela Alvarado, Loyda Ramos, Valente Rodriguez, Daniel Rojo ..
Directed by: Boaz Davidson
Release date: 1988-07-09
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Madonna: Ciao,  Italia! - Live from Italy

Madonna: Ciao, Italia! - Live from Italy

8.2/10 IMDB

In "Ciao, Italia! Live from Italy" Madonna visits the land of her noble heritage for this high-energy concert video filmed in 1987. It contained footage from a previous TV special of the Who's That Girl World Tour, Madonna in Concerto, broadcast in Europe in 1987, filmed at the Stadio Comunale in Turin, Italy. The video release also contained footage from shows recorded in Florence, Italy and Tokyo, Japan. The tour supported her 1986 third studio album True Blue, as well as the 1987 soundtrack Who's That Girl.

Starring: Madonna, Patrick Leonard, Donna DeLory, Niki Haris, Jai Winding, Jonathan Moffett, David Williams, James Harrah, Kerry Hatch, Luis Conte ..
Directed by: Egbert van Hees, Jeffrey Hornaday, Mitchell Sinoway, Mark Aldo Miceli
Release date: 1988-05-24
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues

Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues

7.9/10 IMDB

Music documentary directed by Patrick T. Kelly.

Starring: Michael Jackson, Dick Clark, Sammy Davis Jr., Katharine Hepburn, Y?ko Ono, Hermes Pan, James Earl Jones, Suzanne de Passe, Marlon Jackson, Quincy Jones ..
Directed by: Patrick T. Kelly
Release date: 1988-01-02

A Reggae Session

6.9/10 IMDB

Gathered together for one night, the legendary names of Reggae and more meet at Fort Charles, Jamaica for a musical event that would reverberate around the world!

Starring: Jimmy Cliff, Toots Hibbert, Chrissie Hynde, Ziggy Marley, Grace Jones, Carlos Santana, Coati Mundi, Bunny Wailer ..
Directed by: Thomas D. Adelman, Stephanie Bennett
Release date: 1988-03-01
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Baja Oklahoma

Baja Oklahoma

5.8/10 IMDB

Juanita Hutchins works at Texas bar, but she aspires to be a country songwriter. When she's not looking after her impulsive daughter, Candy, or vouching for her promiscuous friend, Doris Steadman, she's trying to maintain some semblance of a romantic life. As Juanita prepares to make the leap to Nashville, her former boyfriend, Slick Henderson, returns to town, further complicating her situation.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Coyote, Swoosie Kurtz, William Forsythe, Billy Vera, Anthony Zerbe, Paul Bartel, Willie Nelson, Bruce Abbott ..
Directed by: Bobby Roth
Release date: 1988-02-20
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Elvis and Me

Elvis and Me

6.9/10 IMDB

The story of Priscilla's life with rock and roll star Elvis Presley.

Starring: Susan Walters, Dale Midkiff, Jon Cypher, Billy Green Bush, Anne Haney, Marshall R. Teague, Elden Henson, Linda Miller, Hugh Gillin, Mark Thomas Miller ..
Directed by: Larry Peerce
Release date: 1988-02-07

Skinny Puppy: Ain't It Dead Yet

8.6/10 IMDB

Live from the Toronto Concert Hall in 1987, this concert showcases the legendary industrial band performing such songs as "Dig It," "Anger," "Addiction," "Chainsaw," "First Aid," "Assimilate," "The Choke," "Deep Down Trauma Hounds," "God's Gift Maggot," "Brap" and "Smothered Hope."

Starring: Nivek Ogre, cEvin Key, Dwayne Goettel ..
Directed by: Dermot Shane
Release date: 1988-11-01

Heartbreak Hotel

5.7/10 IMDB

When a teen tries to set up a band at his school, his mother who was a big fan of Elvis Presley gets in a wreck he and his band members decides to kidnap Elvis and have him hooked up with his mother.

Starring: David Keith, Tuesday Weld, Charlie Schlatter, Angela Goethals, Chris Mulkey, Dana Barron, Chris Mulkey, Dana Barron, Clarke Devereux, Karen Landry ..
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Release date: 1988-09-30
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie: An All-Star Musical Special

Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie: An All-Star Musical Special

7.4/10 IMDB

The stars come out on Sesame Street in this fun-filled video featuring the show's most memorable moments. Sing-along in this star-studded celebration!

Starring: Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Frank Oz, Jim Henson, Linda Bove, Northern Calloway, Emilio Delgado, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano ..
Directed by: Ted May, Jon Stone
Release date: 1988-10-05


4.9/10 IMDB

When a young rock group called The Mystery gets its first gig at a club, it's an opportunity to see what life is all about! Fresh out of high school, the rockers are hired by an exclusive beach resort thanks to a faded '60s songwriter. There, they meet with romance and adventure. But street-smart lead singer Jennie Lee faces a dilemma: pursue her budding career or finish high school.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Justine Bateman, Trini Alvarado, Debbie Harry, Scott Coffey, Britta Phillips, Chris Nash, Michael DeLorenzo, Tom O'Brien ..
Directed by: Joan Freeman
Release date: 1988-02-12
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Dandy


7.0/10 IMDB

A selection of seemingly unconnected scenes featuring Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld, Nina Hagen and Lene Lovich. Losely based on Voltaire's satire "Candide".

Starring: Blixa Bargeld, Campino, Nick Cave, Gudrun Gut, Demir Gökgöl, Nina Hagen, Lina Knolle, Imke Lagemann, Lene Lovich, Kazuo Ôno ..
Directed by: Peter Sempel
Release date: 1988-09-22
Best Music Movies of 1988 : The In Crowd

The In Crowd

6.3/10 IMDB

A young man of the rock and roll generation is in his senior year of high school. When one day he successfully gets on a popular teen dance television show he becomes a star. The plot follows him as he lives his new life in his new world. What he finds are adoring fans, jealous rivals, bitter friends left behind, and the girl of his dreams...his dance partner.

Starring: Donovan Leitch, Joe Pantoliano, Jennifer Runyon, Bruce Kirby, Scott Plank, Wendy Gazelle, Sean Sullivan, Michelle Johnston, Charlotte d'Amboise, Page Hannah ..
Directed by: Mark Rosenthal
Release date: 1988-02-01
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Street of Dreams

Street of Dreams

7.9/10 IMDB

Unfinished documentary about two of pop artist Martin Sharp's obsessions: performer Tiny Tim, and the Luna Amusement Park in Sydney, Australia.

Starring: Tiny Tim ..
Directed by: Martin Sharp
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Dim Sum Take-Out

Dim Sum Take-Out

5.7/10 IMDB

Dim Sum Take-Out shows how the heterogeneity and complexity of Asian American experiences can be erased. It was literally cut together from film that was shot for Dim Sum, which was conceived as a film about the ways in which five women of the Chinese diaspora—three American-born, a naturalized citizen, and a recent immigrant—try to balance their personal goals and the expectations of the Chinese American community in which they live. The original story line was thought to be too complicated and ambitious, and, ultimately, significant portions of Dim Sum were rewritten and reshot to focus on Geraldine, a second-generation Chinese American woman, and her relationship with her immigrant mother. However, footage that had already been shot for the film was edited together to create Dim Sum Take-Out, an eleven-minute film made up of narrative segments intercut with music video style segments, set to English- and Chinese-language versions of the song "My Boyfriend's Back."

Starring: Joan Chen, Cora Miao, Laureen Chew, Amy Hill ..
Directed by: Wayne Wang
Release date: 1988-09-11

Black Roses

5.2/10 IMDB

Teens in a small conservative town are turned into evil demons thanks to the music of the titular heavy metal band.

Starring: John Martin, Ken Swofford, Carmine Appice, Julie Adams, Sal Viviano, Frank Dietz, Carla Ferrigno, Patricia Strelioff, Vincent Pastore, Paul Kelman ..
Directed by: John Fasano
Release date: 1988-11-01
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Feet of Song

Feet of Song

6.7/10 IMDB

Joyful, androgynous forms shimmy across the screen to the sound of world-beat music.

Directed by: Erica Russell
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Another Kind of Love

Another Kind of Love

6.5/10 IMDB

Music video for Hugh Cornwell's "Another kind of Love".

Starring: Hugh Cornwell ..
Directed by: Jan Å vankmajer
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Hugh Cornwell: Another Kind of Love

Hugh Cornwell: Another Kind of Love

6.5/10 IMDB

Svankmajer's music video for Hugh Cornwell's "Another Kind of Love."

Starring: Hugh Cornwell ..
Directed by: Jan Švankmajer
Release date: 1988-09-01
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats

Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats

6.3/10 IMDB

Beverly hills dowager leaves everything to Benny the Ball because her only rightful heir, her niece Amy, is missing. But that's only if Benny stays alive for 48 hours. If not, evil butler Snerdly and his mad Russian Wolfhound are next in line - and he's quick to pull every trick in the book to do poor Benny in and the troop sets off to rescue Benny and find the lost heir Amy.

Starring: Arnold Stang, Avery Schreiber, Kenneth Mars, Rob Paulsen, Richard Erdman, John Stephenson, Marvin Kaplan, Henry Polic II, Lilly Moon, Teresa Ganzel ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols, Paul Sommer
Release date: 1988-03-20
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Another Kind of Love

Another Kind of Love

6.5/10 IMDB

Svankmajer's music video for Hugh Cornwell's "Another Kind of Love."

Starring: Hugh Cornwell ..
Directed by: Jan Švankmajer
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Three Seats for the 26th

Three Seats for the 26th

6.2/10 IMDB

In a charming mixture of fantasy and reality, this film recalls the great musicals of Hollywood's Golden Age. Yves Montand, playing himself, returns to his hometown of Marseilles to appear in an autobiographical musical. Once there, he searches for the barmaid he once loved and also encounters young hopeful Marion, giving her the chance of a lifetime

Starring: Yves Montand, Mathilda May, Patrick Fierry, Françoise Fabian, Antoine Bourseiller, Christophe Bourseiller, Geoffrey Carey, Jean-Claude Bouillaud, Raoul Curet, Mathieu Demy ..
Directed by: Jacques Demy
Release date: 1988-11-23
Best Music Movies of 1988 : Cocksucker Blues

Cocksucker Blues

6.3/10 IMDB

This fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their 1972 North American Tour, their first return to the States since the tragedy at Altamont.

Starring: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor, Truman Capote, Dick Cavett, Bianca Jagger, Lee Radziwill, Tina Turner ..
Directed by: Robert Frank
Release date: 1988-02-23

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